Ranking the best wide receiver rooms in college football isn't easy task. Given the proliferation of passing offenses in the modern game, having elite skill on the outside is almost essential to success. The transfer portal has made it easier than ever for some teams to close the gap since wide receivers often hit the portal in droves.
For instance: Georgia and Ohio State both made the College Football Playoff last season and finished in the top-15 nationally in passing offense. They also represent two different ideals when it comes to attacking defenses through the air. The Buckeyes built a loaded receiver corps, while Georgia had arguably the best group of tight ends in the nation.
So both wide receivers and tight ends factor into ranking the best receiver rooms in college football. Both catch the ball, so both matter. It should come as no surprise that, given their collective success last season, the Bulldogs and Buckeyes made the cut this year.
But the rest of the list is filled with programs that have yet to make the College Football Playoff. If their air attacks live up to the hype, that might just change this season. Here is a breakdown of the top receiver rooms in college football ahead of the 2023 campaign.
1. Ohio State
As long as Brian Hartline is spearheading Ohio State's wide receiver recruiting and development, the Buckeyes will be at or near the top. It starts with a pair of likely first-round draft picks in Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr., arguably the best overall wide receiver in the nation and an early frontrunner to take home the 2023 Biletnikoff Award. But there is so much more beyond that. Former five-star Julian Fleming is finally hitting his stride after taking a few years to develop, and Carnell Tate — the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2023 class — may have cracked the two-deep with a strong spring. Coaches also raved about speedy wideout Jayden Ballard's potential. At tight end, the Buckeyes have 400-yard receiver Cade Stover and a former top-40 wide receiver prospect in Gee Scott Jr. to back him up.